In 2006 the Tens Festival will be held on the Sunshine Coast at Central Park Caloundra (formerly Camp Wallaby) and the Festival will have a name change to The Sunshine Coast Tens Festival (SCTF)
The Sunshine Coast Tens Festival is a stand alone event but also serves as a warm-up for overseas and interstate teams coming for the popular Canterbury Gold Coast Rugby Carnival. Teams not wishing to participate in the GC 15 aside event or simply unable to do so are very welcome to enter the Tens event only.
The switch of venue to the Sunshine Coast was brought about by the lack of available low cost Brisbane accommodation resulting from the ARU originally scheduling the Bledisloe Cup Match on the same weekend of the Tens. The date for the match was in fact later changed but not before arrangements on the Sunshine Coast were made. Great support form AISA (Australian International Sports Academy), the Caloundra City Council and the Sunshine Coast Rugby Union has guaranteed the 2006 Tens day to be be a huge success with over 40 teams already having applied.
The SCTF will be held at Central Park where the local Caloundra Council has agreed to make as many as 12 fields available if the need arrises.
The Tens event evolved to cater for the growing number of overseas groups attending the Gold Coast event and requesting extra matches as part of extended tours. A of the 20.2.06, 24 overseas and interstate teams have confirmed entry into the Tens event.
Local teams, those not requiring accommodation and simply travelling to Caloundra for the day participate for a modest fee of AUD$125 per team.
As is the case with the Canterbury Gold Coast Coast Rugby Carnival, the SCTF is endorsed by the Queensland Rugby Union.
Visit http://www.world-sport.com.au/rugby10s/SCTF2.htm for more information and entry forms
Running rugby by the sea
Love your rugby action mixed with sunshine and fresh sea air? Then you'll enjoy watching the future of the game go through their paces at Central Park, Caloundra during the Sunshine Coast 10s Rugby Carnival on Sunday, July 2.
Nearly 60 teams in Under 15, Under 16 and Under 18 (Open Schools) will participate with more than half being from interstate and overseas, including Guam, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea. Matches in the round-robin format start at 9.30pm with presentations at 4.30pm.
The Australian International Sports Academy, Caloundra City Council and the Sunshine Coast Rugby Union are supporting the event that showcases the fast attacking style of play that this version of the running game is renowned for.
Caloundra Tourism president Mike Wilkinson said the region enjoyed a strong connection with rugby with Central Park used for training by the Wallabies and Scotland in recent years.
He said that the Super 14 Blues franchise was based in nearby Kawana for its preseason-training.
"Caloundra is not only a great place for players and fans to enjoy their sport but also offers lots to do and see away from the playing fields," Mr Wilkinson said.
The popular Caloundra Country Market will also be operating from 7am to 12pm during the rugby 10s for players and spectators seeking a break. The markets are one of the oldest in the region and feature traditional farm produce, and bric-a-brac stalls.
Caloundra is full of surprises. For more information on where to stay, what to see and do visit: www.caloundratourism.com.au, or phone 1800 700 899 for a free copy of the Caloundra Holiday Guide.
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